Meredith Davis is the co-author of HER OWN TWO FEET: A RWANDAN GIRL’S BRAVE FIGHT TO WALK (Scholastic, 2019). She once worked at an independent children’s bookstore, started the Austin Chapter of SCBWI, and earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults at VCFA. She is married with three children and lives with a home full of books in Austin, Texas.
- I read a copy of the first Harry Potter before it was released in the US (there were lots of perks to working in a bookstore, and one was getting advance reader copies of upcoming books!).
- I cannot whistle, but I can touch my tongue to the tip of my nose. So can my coauthor, Rebeka Uwitonze.
- The only green vegetable I ate when I was a kid was canned green beans, but now I eat lots of green things, even asparagus (but not cooked spinach).
- When I was young I was allergic to grass and cheese. I would get shots once a week at home, and I would always hide in the same spot, and my parents would always find me, and I always got my shot. I guess there was something comforting about the routine, knowing my parents were going to do the hard thing even when I didn’t want them to. I have really good parents and I’m grateful for them.
- When I was young and my mom told me to go outside because I’d been reading inside all day, I would take my book outside and read in the sunshine.
- One time my aunt had cookies and she asked my cousins and me to say the magic word. Everyone else yelled “please,” but I yelled “spaghetti!” I still got a cookie, but I never forgot the magic word again. It is one of the first words I try to learn when traveling to a foreign country, followed quickly by “thank you.”
- I didn’t have a passport until I was 36 years old, and I got 35 different country stamps in it before I’d had it a year. My most frequent stamp is Rwanda. I traveled there 3 times while researching and collaborating with my coauthor Rebeka Uwitonze to write Her Own Two Feet, and we’ve been back many times to visit Rebeka and her family.
- I squirt whipped cream on my coffee every morning. It’s good to start the day with something sweet.
- I love to read. We find time to do the things we love, even when we’re busy. I read while I floss my teeth every night, holding my book open with my toes.
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